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Walmart May Deliver Groceries To Your Refrigerator


Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) is testing a new service that not only does a customer's grocery shopping and brings the items to his home, but even puts the grocery directly into the refrigerator.

Walmart said it is partnering with August Home, a provider of smart locks and smart home accessories, to test the service in Silicon Valley. A handful of August Home customers have opted-in to participate in testing the concept.

The homeowner would be in control of the entire experience, receiving a notification that the delivery is in progress and can also watch it take place in real-time, according to Walmart.

Sloan Eddleston, VP of Walmart eCommerce Strategy & Business Operations, said in a blog post that after a shopper places his order on Walmart.com for several items, a Deliv driver will bring the items to the shopper's home.

If no one answers the doorbell, the Deliv driver will be given a one-time passcode that is pre-authorized by the customer and will open the home's smart lock to allow entry.

The Deliv driver will drop off the packages in the foyer, put groceries in the kitchen, even keep them in the refrigerator, and then leave.

Customers can watch the entire delivery process from start to finish from his home security cameras through the August app. He will even receive confirmation that his door has automatically been locked as the Deliv associate exits the front door.

"And we want to do more in the future by delivering groceries and other orders in whatever location works best for our customers - inside the house for some and in the fridge/freezer in the garage for others. The possibilities are endless, and we look forward to exploring how we can further serve our customers' needs," Eddleston said.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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